Why Did CBS Golf Analyst Nick Faldo Suddenly Announce He’s Quitting?

Add Nick Faldo to the list of people you won’t be seeing on future PGA Tour telecasts. However, this doesn’t seem to be a case of the CBS analyst defecting to the renegade LIV Golf league.

Rather, Faldo has decided he’s been spreading himself too thin while making the transition to retirement, so he’s dropping the job requiring the most time away from home.

Nick Faldo is retiring from CBS later this season

Nick Faldo of CBS Sports in the 18th hole booth during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 4, 2022 in Dublin, Ohio. | Chris Condon/PGA Tour for Getty Images
Nick Faldo of CBS Sports in the 18th hole booth during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 4, 2022 in Dublin, Ohio. | Chris Condon/PGA Tour for Getty Images

Nick Faldo announced on June 22 that this will be his final season covering golf alongside Jim Nantz for CBS Sports. Posting on Twitter, Faldo disclosed he will step down following the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, the first weekend in August. In 1979, Faldo made his PGA Tour playing debut there in the Greater Greensboro Open.

Faldo, who won The Masters Tournament and the British Open three times apiece, went into broadcasting in 2004 with ABC as his days on the PGA and European tours were winding down. CBS recruited him to replace Lanny Watkins as its lead analyst in 2006, and he has been there since.

In his Twitter post, Faldo said he revealed his plan to CBS Sports executive Sean McManus in February. Sports Business Journal reported CBS had picked Trevor Immelman to fill the role of lead analyst.

Nick Faldo isn’t going into full-fledged retirement

Nick Faldo, 64, and wife Lindsay have been constructing a farm and estate in Montana, where he said he is looking forward to spending time with his family and fishing. That doesn’t mean he is retiring completely.

Faldo designs golf courses, and he cited commitments to his partnership with Black Bull Scotch Whisky as another venture still requiring his time.

“Once complete and the dust has settled, our wish and hope is that life on the Faldo Farm includes a future filled with visits from my children, grandchildren, Lindsay’s family and all our friends,” Faldo wrote. “As for me, I hope to often be found out back on the East Gallatin River, with a rod, waders, and the local trout.”

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